these couple of months im having everyday the issue with sync between IOS and MACOS using iCloud sync. I’ve tried everything that is possible and it cost me almost hours of work I even reinstall the software on both devices and re instated iCloud sync but still having the same issue.
if anyone knows a good alternatieve for this outdated dinosaur please let me know. im using it for my ebook/pdf library (the search function is amazing but that’s it), bookmark manager to achieve my bookmarks, was planning for rules but it sometimes doesn’t even filter properly even on DTGO they don’t have smart rules/filters, and it has to sync between devices.
oh and it would be nice having a api to sync with other apps for example to a proper reader and note taking.
SO MANY posts here about the unreliability of Apple’s cloud sync servers that affect some people. Affecting you too, it appears. There are no “knobs” to turn to make it better, far as I know.
If you really need internet sync, give Dropbox a try. I don’t use internet sync services. I rely on Bonjour and also a Synology NAS on my local network. If I make changes to anything while “out and about” using macOS or iOS devices, everything catches up when I get back to global HQ.
thanks for the tips nog having a NAS yet but could give dropbox a try.
first need to find a alternatieve for this dinosaur as these days other softwares are walking miles ahead of devonthink but working in databases and interface of devonthink is nice have to give them that and using it for many years now.
the thing with sync is for example 1 database with all bij ebooks is doing good but that doesn’t get updated as much as my bookmarks database.
Are you trying to sync two Macs — or just one Mac and an iPhone or iPad (or both)?
I have an iMac M1, an iPad Pro M1 & an iPhone 14 Plus. I sync flawlessly between all devices using the basic iCloud built-in method — never an issue. Are you doing a different kind of sync using Cloud? Are you sure you have whatever databases you want to sync set up the same on each device?
Regarding DevonTHINK being a dinosaur, I don’t know what to say about that. It’s updated quite often — but not just to force a full version upgrade (as some app developers are inclined to do). DevonTHINK remains the most capable app of its kind.
If your needs are simpler, you might try KeepIt. It’s a good app — with a lot of features — without the complexity. However, KeepIt uses the very same method of syncing with iCloud as DevonTHINK does. It is simpler because everything has to be in a single database in KeepIt — so you just turn on sync on each device — and that’s all there is.
It is always messy. I have tried every possible ways. It syncs for a while; crashes back, fails to sync…tried it hundreds of times (for years now); starting from scratch, deleting the app; rebuilding databases…there is nothing I havn’t tried. It is miserable experience.
There is something deeply flawed with the sync of DTT.
If the intention is to point fingers at Apple and not to do anything about, yes, pointing toward iCoud is a good idea. But, if you want to face the reality, every type of sync with DTT has been broken for me, for years now.
I have written my experience in this forum; and have contacted the developers (reported the problems) on many occasions.
I am not a developer of DEVONthink nor affiliated in any way. But I, like others o this public forum, know how to make Bonjour work. You report no symptoms to enable any help to you.
The “DEVONthink Manual” is clear for Bonjour, and Bonjour Simplified provides more details for those who need it.
(Hunch: you may have Bonjour enabled on more than one device, which is the most common mistake made by some. But other than that I have no idea as you have reported no symptoms, screen shots, or any other indications you wish to resolve. And while getting Bonjour working, disable Apple’s iCloud. Turn it back on after Bonjour working).
I have changed routers; I have changed networks, I even have changed countries over the years. My experience is always the same. It starts to sync for a while, then, shows up those errors, and completely stops.
I know the issue is not from the Bonjour technology itself because Bookends syncs pretty fast.